“Presence Under Pressure: A Workshop about Music Performance Anxiety”

“Presence Under Pressure: A Workshop about Music Performance Anxiety” will be held at Carroll University on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.

Nearly all musicians have experienced anxiety while performing. This presentation will examine strategies of seasoned professional musicians, along with the latest research in psychology and neuroscience. Performers of any age and type – musicians, actors, dancers, speakers – are encouraged to attend.

Two distinguished professional clinicians, Don Sipe and Roberta Ricci, will address vocal, instrumental, and theater performance issues. The workshop will include an overview of performance anxiety and strategies on managing it, performance opportunities for Carroll singers and instrumentalists, and a question and answer period with all attendees.

Sipe is an instructor of trumpet at Carroll University and a sought-after performer in the Midwest. He holds degrees in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and was a member of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Present Music and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, among others. He will lead the instrumentalist breakout session during the workshop.

Ricci is a guest presenter who has a varied career as performer, teacher, coach and administrator. A graduate of the University of Kansas and The Boston Conservatory, her performance credits include operatic, recital and concert work in Kansas City; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Naples, Florida; Boston and New York. She has taught at Brenau University, Kenyon College, Denison University and the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and her students have won state and national competitions in classical and music theater. She will lead the workshop’s vocalist breakout session.

For more information, contact Lawrence Dale Harper, professor of music, at 262.524.7188 or lharper@carrollu.edu.

How to prepare for a recording session

So imagine right now that you just got called to make a recording with a buddy of yours, and they tell you it’s going to be played on the radio.

If you’ve never recorded in a a studio, this can be a VERY nerve racking high anxiety type of experience for you. How are you going to manage dealing with the nervousness?

A great way is to simply prepare the most you can. Here’s an article about the top call drummer in New York that will help you mentally prepare for what to expect. He was the drummer for the SNL (Saturday night live) band. And by the way, if you make it in New York- you’re set anywhere, so this guy knows what he’s talking about.

It’s a long article so go to the bathroom, grab a bowl of cereal and enjoy!

SNL Drummer Shawn Pelton Shares Recording Session Performance Tips

Stress is good for you? Uh… yup! Or not… which one you gonna believe?


This article kicks ass and rocks my socks. 

You guys these days are so fucken stressed out! And you’re not even 30 yet. hehe.

But what if I were to tell you that AS YOU DECIDE to be HAPPY about getting stressed, you… get…

This awesome article that I want you to read now!





Then tell me watcha think below. Because seriously… it’s all in your head ;).

Even more focus!

Clarity and a defined direction… The new direction for this blog starts now: helping teenagers with music performance anxiety. I explain below…

Early Start

It’s day 2 of getting into my new routine, and I have to say it feels fucken great. This morning I woke up at 7:30 instead of 9, like yesterday, mainly because I had an interview with a music store that on top of selling instruments, sells music lessons as well.

I got the job. Ill be an independent contractor and what I like about this position is its going to give me many opportunities to speak publicly about music performance anxiety, as a way of recruiting students to my studio. They are also talking about putting together a jazz combo that Id direct. Uh… SWEET!

Fortunately before I went to the interview, I completed my morning routine. That tells me that If I want to run an errand before catching the bus at 2p to get to work, I should wake up at 7/7:30, instead of 9 like I did yesterday.

I love figuring this shit out. Maybe that’s why the School of Rock hired me as their studio coordinador! I love organizing. There is such a sense of accomplishment I feel afterward.

As a side note: this is something very interesting that I read today: http://lifehacker.com/how-stress-breaks-down-your-mind-and-body-and-how-to-f-1258810485?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow.

Episode 1 of New Podcast Available for Download

Alright! Finally started this… a podcast. As a part of getting back on my feet, this a part of a larger project. I’ve decided to begin a podcast dedicated to probably my favorite topic ever- “Managing Anxiety”. I’ve already given two lectures on it to large groups of musicians, and now I bring you, episode #1: Managing Anxiety Podcast.

Enjoy and leave comments!